The New York Red Bulls have acquired Richard Eckersley from Toronto FC in exchange for a 2017 fourth round pick. He will be added to the roster pending approval of his P-1 Visa and physical.
“We were impressed with Richard’s play at Toronto FC and are delighted to acquire him. He has a good soccer brain and is an energetic defender who can also provide positive attacking qualities on the flanks,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. “Richard will immediately provide another solid and versatile option for us on our backline and will certainly compete for a starting role on our team.”
EOS reported the details of his arrival on Sunday. The Red Bulls will be paying a portion of his contract, likely in the $100-150k range, while Toronto absorbs the lions share of his pay which sources have reported to be up to $450k. Some Canadian reports have even put the number as high as about $500k.
Eckersley, 24, is a right fullback who will challenge Japanese defender Kosuke Kimura for minutes in New York. He has been a starter in Toronto over the past several years, mainly featuring on the right but also contributing on the left flank and centerback. His versatility makes him invaluable for New York who are set to take part in regular season, Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League play.
Weight: 169 pounds
Day of Birth: March 12, 1989 in Salford, England
Hometown: Salford, England
Previous Club: Toronto FC (MLS)
How Acquired: Acquired on January 27, 2014 from Toronto FC in exchange for New York’s natural 2017 MLS SuperDraft fourth round pick